Is your business still running Windows 7? It is time to upgrade or risk obsolete operations and cybercrime intrusions.
Windows 7 has been a fantastic product for Microsoft, with a loyal following since its launch in 2009.
It is believed that hundreds of millions of users are still on the operating system across the globe and around 26 per cent of business computers are still using Windows 7.
But all good things must come to an end, with Microsoft announcing that it has discontinued support and updates for the OS, which commenced on January 14.
Technically, you can continue to use Windows 7. But without proper support and patches, it comes at great risk.
The WannaCry global crisis of 2017 reminded us of the dangers of ransomware attacks. That attack targeted computers using older versions of Windows and impacted 200,000 computers across 150 countries – costing businesses millions of dollars.
That bled into 2018, with 3388 Australian businesses alone reporting WannaCry attacks across that year.
Without Microsoft support and security updates, your business could be opening the door to cyber intrusion which means it is vital to upgrade to Windows 10 immediately.
Unfortunately, every large revelation in software comes with opportunistic criminals trying to cash in.
That is no different from the discontinuation of support for Windows 7. Users have already experienced phone calls and emails purporting to be from Microsoft and offering “system upgrades” that require a fee.
Be advised that Microsoft is offering no such upgrades, have no plans to continue support and are not charging businesses to continue using Windows 7.
Hang up the phone and block those emails, preferably with a report to Microsoft to report the unscrupulous hackers.
Before you go and upgrade your entire suite of computers to a new operating system, there are some steps you should take.
Firstly, are you still operating old tech to go with your old operating system? You might be due for an upgrade to your machines as well, which generally come saddled with Windows 10 and licences.
You should always ensure you have backed-up all of your files and important data to a cloud storage device as well as physical drives to ensure you don’t lose anything in the migration.
Downloading Microsoft Edge will also enable you to sync all of your personal settings so they will transition across to the new OS.